Benjamin Coy



May 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

A lot of times, we advertise our successes, but try to hide our failures. This is natural, of course, since we want to present the best version of ourselves possible. Because of this, a typical Facebook feed full of friends’ successes is not representative of the statistical reality. In any audition, one person wins, and […]

Control in an audition

May 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

It’s been said over and over: you can only control your own performance, not how the other applicants at an audition play. This barely scratches the surface — the list of elements you can’t control is extensive: You can’t control what you play. The audition requires that you play the excerpts the panel wants in the […]

Balancing practice priorities

April 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

I previously posted about the compact form I use to log my practice in place of a free-form journal. The purpose of this form is to promote efficient notes about my practice without needing to invest a lot of time writing when I should be practicing. I designed this form based on my normal schedule, in which the bulk of […]

Mahler 2

April 26, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Last week, I performed Mahler’s 2nd symphony with the Springfield Symphony. Honestly, I’m still trying to work through all the thoughts and emotions stemming from that experience, but I’ve gotten to the point that I think I can write about it. Approaching a Mahler symphony is a serious endeavor, even as a back row player […]